Artist: Marc Romboy
Label: Systematic Recordings
Release: Out Now!
Genre: Techno/Deep House
Teutonic techno maestro Marc Romboy dishes out a selection of his finest cuts from 2015 to a variety of top producers to take a stab at reinterpreting.
First up is Dosem’s remix of ‘Elgur’ which announces itself with dreamy sunkissed chords before launching into the moroderesque bass pattern that pulses away throughout the rest of track. It features Dosem’s trademark clean but pumping sound, which has found a home on the likes of Christian Smith’s excellent Tronic label. Before long the track crescendos into a huge break, with towering 80’s droning pads giving it a slightly nostalgic edge and another nod in the direction of Moroder and Vangelis. One for the late night techno dance floors.
Next to have a crack, are Leeds lads Audiojack, who take Romboy’s ‘Byglia’ into more organic house territory. Loose percussion and a walking bass line create a lazy house groove that bobs along very nicely. The track doesn’t entirely lose it’s techno edge however, with the original’s rising refrain weaving in and out of the track to good effect. Think Tom Middleton’s ‘Penrose Steps’ track after half a valium.
Alex Niggerman’s take on Romboy’s cosmic techno odyssey ‘Nasa’ perhaps doesn’t bring any great surprises. Those familiar with Niggerman’s career of late wont be surprised by the deep hypnotic Innervisions style techno on offer here. Nevertheless it is finely produced, percolating in a range of weird ethereal sounds and fizzing chords from the original over a minimal groove, which drifts ever upwards.
Last but not least, in demand Italian trio Agents Of Time round off the package with their version of ‘Simi’. Fresh from their smashes ‘Obsidian’ and ‘Magma’ on Ellum the trio once again bring their progressive electro-fuelled techno to proceedings. Once again there’s a whiff of Giorgio about the chugging bass line but personally I’m always a sucker for that. Not as big as some of their recent offerings but nevertheless a decent way to round things off. All in all then a fairly diverse package, with Audiojack’s more housey offering probably just shading it if I had to pick a favourite.